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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 19, 2010 6:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I Finally Beat 2/28/69 Dark Star

That's great Arb! Before I had to give it up (for the reasons you've heard me moan about before), I was a HUGE bike rider (well, literally and figuratively I suppose). Used to do 50 mi per morning in HS/College, etc., etc. Also loved working on my bikes--hrs tinkering, adjusting; therapy!

All that is to say, I love hearing about such stories--it reminds me of how much I loved doing exactly that sort of thing. More recently, I used to do it while repeat climbing various peaks in AZ (uh...had to stop that too), using the CD player (preipod days), seeing if I could get to various pts faster each time (ie, before "this" song or "that" song started, etc).

It's so much better doing it to a timed song than the stop watch, ain't it!??

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 19, 2010 9:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I Finally Beat 2/28/69 Dark Star

>It's so much better doing it to a timed song than the stop watch, ain't it!??

LOL, I did that back in the States. Not biking, but treadmill -- aiming for, say, a first set. Far more entertaining.

Now I just time distances. Gorkha to Pokhara is approximately a 9/20/70. Downtown Kathmandu to my house by public transport is a TOO plus a He's Gone. Makes for interesting "Soundtrack Moments," too. Like the time at night when another vehicle kept swerving and almost hitting my mini-bus in time with Phil's bass notes in TOO.

(Traffic is actually slow in the city -- bicycles and rickshaws are intermixed with everything else -- so while it's crazier than what LA sounds like, what with every driver here seeming like a reincarnation of Neal Cassidy, it's not really as high-speed dangerous IMO. Unless you hit a cow. Then you go to jail.)

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Oct 19, 2010 9:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I Finally Beat 2/28/69 Dark Star

So, I've never heard of this moaning. What caused you to stop? 50 miles in the morning is quite huge; I wouldn't give that up without a big struggle. Don't you ride at all anymore? I can't imagine stopping even though everybody and their grandma passes me now.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Oct 20, 2010 4:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I Finally Beat 2/28/69 Dark Star

That's how I am jogging. People pass me *walking*. I had to decide I didn't care. Sometimes I get a little bummed when someone is obviously older than me and faster, but since the number of people older than me is shrinking steadily, I figure this won't be a problem much longer.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 20, 2010 5:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I Finally Beat 2/28/69 Dark Star

Deg disk disease/knee is shot (I get a new one in a yr).

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Oct 20, 2010 10:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I Finally Beat 2/28/69 Dark Star

Spinal Stenosis. Surgery two years ago. Scammed my way into 24 PT sessions with a woman who was also a Pilates instructor. Best deal ever - changed my life.

Hey, do a lot a research when going for artificial parts. I've been reading bad things lately about recalls and stuff.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 20, 2010 10:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I Finally Beat 2/28/69 Dark Star

Oh great...

Yup, I have been thru everyone PT you can think of, legal, not so legal, covered by insurance, not covered, and then some...

Not to gloat (funny, eh?), but I'd take yours in a heartbeat (depending on locations of projections). Sounds like you had a good outcome though, which is nice--I've learned not to hold it against others that have recovered long after I was placed by multiple docs in "failed back syndrome"...

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Oct 21, 2010 3:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I Finally Beat 2/28/69 Dark Star

Oh it's a crapshoot. I just read that a large percentage of back surgeries don't help and some hinder. Mine got me to mediocre, which means I'm willing to put up with shit just to do stuff. I still can't stand for more than 15 minutes before my feet fall asleep. A worthwhile trade though. Me and ibuprophen are just tight as can be. And don't forget Mr. Icebag. Wish you better times ahead.